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Mediterranean ferry operators voiced their concerns on meeting the 0.5% sulfur emissions cap due in 2020 during Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia.According to Minoan Lines Managing Director Antonios Maniadakis, using low sulfur fuel would increase costs by EUR 2 million ( USD 2.35 million) per year.But clean diesel was advocated by Alan Klanac, Interferry President and former CEO of conference host company Jadrolinija, who argued that LNG coolant technology was more suited to cold sea temperatures of 7-10 degrees such as in Norway. “Here in Croatia we face 27 degrees in summer and that’s a major issue,” he warned.Referencing another problem – the region’s shortage of LNG bunkering facilities – Attica Group CEO Spiros Paschalis said the company was collaborating on a dual-fuel ferry project while also working with a Greek distributor on the potential for more refuelling infrastructure.Panos Mitrou of Lloyd’s Register suggested that the ferry sector was the best candidate for alternative fuels. He highlighted two European Union-backed schemes to encourage a switch in the Eastern Mediterranean – the Poseidon Med II project to provide LNG bunkering facilities at five ports, and the Elemed project promoting cold ironing and electric propulsion.Supporters of electrification included Jan Helge Pile, Managing Director of Color Line’s marine & technical division. Pile said the Norwegian company’s 27,000gt diesel-electric ro-pax newbuild, due for delivery in 2019, was originally planned to be LNG-powered. Later it became clear that competition for the best time slots on the single ferry berth at Sandefjord would favour the vessel with least emissions. “The vessel can operate for 60 minutes on batteries, meaning we will have unbeatable zero emissions in the agreed zone off the port,” he explained. “In any case, two years ago it was all about LNG yet now we are already hearing more talk about hydrogen.”Jim Anderson, director of vessels at Scotland’s Caledonian Maritime Assets, which has a fleet that includes three small hybrid double-enders, confirmed that the company was actively working towards building a hydrogen-powered ferry. The project dated from 2010 and a Capex model had shown it was feasible. However, because storing the fuel would occupy a large amount of vessel space, bunkering would be required every second day and that raised the problem of how to fit it into the timetable.Renewable electric energy was a viable game changer according to Soren Danig, VP business solutions at Plan B Energy Storage.“Air pollution from international shipping accounts for 50,000 deaths per year in Europe,” he asserted. “New energy storage technology allows charging in 15 minutes, decreasing system sizes, 40,000-hour life cycles and end of life cell swaps.”A ro-pax case study presented by MAN passenger ship sales head Sokrates Tolgos concluded that life-cycle costs were 14% higher using LNG and 31% higher for marine gasoil (MGO) compared with the HFO/scrubber option – a solution that meets regulatory requirements and is in line with industry forecasts that 80% of marine operations would be HFO fuelled in 2030.As for electrification, he argued: “You may have emissions-free ships but how do you produce the electricity? You’re just shifting the emissions somewhere else unless you can produce electricity in the quantities required without using fossil fuels.”Safety management and social media were also included in the agenda of the conference.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has simultaneously named four ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at its Okpo Shipyard.In a ceremony on March 28, the shipbuilder christened the new vessels Nikolay Yevgenov, Vladimir Voronin, Georgiy Ushakov and Yakov Gakkel, after Russian Arctic explorers and scholars.Data provided by Reuters shows that the ships are scheduled for delivery in October and November of 2019, and January and February of 2020, respectively.The ARC-7 units will operate on the Arctic route and transport clean energy from the Arctic to the Asian and Nordic regions. Featuring a length of 299 meters and a width of 50 meters, the ships have a capacity to carry up to 172,600 cbm of LNG and break up to 2.1 meter thick ice.The units are being built for Teekay LNG Partners under a USD 4.8 billion contract for 15 ice-breaking LNG carriers, received in 2014. Each ship has a price of USD 320 million.So far, DSME has handed over 10 of these carriers to their owners, with five remaining under construction at the Okpo yard.World Maritime News Staff
Reuters 23 June 2015Moderate- or high-quality evidence supports the use of marijuana for some medical conditions, but not for others, according to a fresh review of past research.After reviewing 80 randomized trials that included nearly 6,500 people, researchers found moderate support for using marijuana to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms and involuntary movements.The evidence wasn’t as strong to support marijuana’s use for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, sleep disorders, HIV-related weight loss and Tourette syndrome.Also, any benefits of marijuana or cannabis use must be weighed against the risk of side effects, which include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, sleepiness and euphoria, according to the study’s lead author.“Individuals considering cannabinoids as a possible treatment for their symptoms should discuss the potential benefits and harms with their doctor,” said Penny Whiting of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.She also told Reuters Health by email that other reviews of medical marijuana suggest prolonged use may be tied to an increased risk of psychosis.http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/23/us-marijuana-medical-evidence-idUSKBN0P31WT20150623Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses – studyAssociated Press 23 June 2015 Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits.The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome and the authors recommend more research.The analysis is among several medical marijuana articles published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They include a small study suggesting that many brand labels for edible marijuana products list inaccurate amounts of active ingredients. More than half of brands tested had much lower amounts than labeled, meaning users might get no effect.Highlights from the journal:THE ANALYSISThe researchers pooled results from studies that tested marijuana against placebos, usual care or no treatment. That’s the most rigorous kind of research but many studies found no conclusive evidence of any benefit. Side effects were common and included dizziness, dry mouth and sleepiness. A less extensive research review in the journal found similar results.It’s possible medical marijuana could have widespread benefits, but strong evidence from high-quality studies is lacking, authors of both articles say.http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_MEDICAL_MARIJUANA_RESEARCH_5_THINGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-06-23-11-51-43
Zurich: From next edition onwards of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, 32 teams will take part in the prestigious quadrennial event.On Wednesday, the FIFA Council unanimously agreed to a proposal to expand the number of teams taking part in World Cup from 24 to 32. The new-format quadrennial tournament will have eight groups of four teams.“The astounding success of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France made it very clear that this is the time to keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women’s football,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.“The expansion reaches far beyond the eight additional participating teams; it means that, from now on, dozens more member associations will organise their women’s football program knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying,” he added.FIFA has also updated the hosting requirements and the timeline of the bidding process for 2023. Current bidding member associations have to reconfirm their interest in bidding in August, while any other eligible member associations can express their interest in bidding.After the deadline for bid submission in December, publication of Bid Evaluation Report is expected in April 2020, with an expected appointment of hosts the following month.In the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991, 12 teams participated before the number of teams rose to 16 in 1999 and 24 in 2015.In the recently concluded Women’s World Cup, US defeated Netherlands 2-0 in the finals to come out as victors for the second time in a row. IANS Also Read: USA Eves Lift Fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup Title
The deal will keep him at the team until the end of 2018.Hamilton, who signed for Mercedes two years ago, said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ after finalising the extension. He currently leads the Drivers Championship by 20 points.
With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept the decision to appoint me as the permanent captain of the Black Stars.It’s been a wonderfully rewarding experience of playing for my country let alone being given the great honour of serving as the captain of the Black Stars.Playing for Ghana has provided me with a platform to share my passion for my country with millions in a way I neither expected nor could have imagined in my career.Therefore, I am truly grateful to the people of Ghana, my Black Stars team-mates, coach Kwesi Appiah and the Ghana Football Association for giving me the chance to serve as the captain of our national team.I want to thank Coach Appiah again, for the most superb work of organizing and bringing us all together in the fantastic setting of the Black Stars in the atmosphere of unity and brotherhood.Although I’m recognized with this tremendous honour of the captain of the Black Stars- I don’t look at this moment as just to lead but once again to serve my country together with my colleagues and build on what the previous generations have achieved for our country. My immediate predecessors – the outstanding John Mensah and the legend Stephen Appiah – played vital roles in making the Black Stars what it is today and they will forever be etched on the soul of Ghana football.I thank them tremendously for the guidance they have given me over the years and I will continuously count on them for direction as we all seek to make the Black Stars better.John Mensah and all the senior players in the team have supported the decision to make me the permanent captain and they all know I will be counting on them. I am grateful to all of them.I can’t thank all my other Black Stars colleagues enough for allowing this to happen. I’m going to work as hard as I can, hand-in-hand with them, for some breakthroughs for our country.The optimism and the desire to achieve our country’s goals through hard-work, respect for each other, perseverance and positive attitude is still alive. Along with my colleagues in the Black Stars, we pledge once more to march into the future of Ghana football with the united purpose of bringing laurels to our country.Thank you.And God bless the Black Stars of Ghana.Signed:Asamoah Gyan Black Stars
NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | West breakdown | East breakdownBut now the LeBron security blanket that’s enveloped Turner and fellow NBA network ESPN is gone. To make matters worse, the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls — three storied franchises representing the nation’s three largest TV markets in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — will be missing in action, too.”Obviously, name recognition is huge — and LeBron James is the biggest name in our sport,” said Reggie Miller, the former Pacers sharpshooter turned TV analyst on a press call. “Not having him in the playoffs? Obviously that’s going to hurt. But you still have a team that’s going for a three-peat, which is a huge story for the Golden State Warriors.”Maybe this is a chance for some of these fringe stars — guys who think they want to be superstars — maybe this is a chance for them to grab a little bit of that spotlight.”The 2019 #NBAPlayoffs are SET. 🏀🚨Who will hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy? pic.twitter.com/T0zssPAd7u— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 11, 2019James’ lost season in Los Angeles caused a reverse LeBron Effect. Turner’s 66 NBA regular-season games averaged 1.5 million viewers in 2018-19. That’s down 12 percent from the near record-setting 2017-18 season, but is about even with two years ago. ESPN fared better, averaging 1.99 million viewers across 101 games ESPN/ABC. That’s roughly even with last year and up five percent from two seasons ago, according to ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo.”This season, we witnessed a highly-competitive and wide-open Eastern Conference produce great games,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president for programming and scheduling. “Teams like the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks performed above viewership expectations, further showcasing the NBA’s depth of stars and compelling storylines.”In the Western Conference, superstars like James Harden, Russell Westbrook and, of course, the Golden State Warriors continued to excite and capture fans’ imaginations. We’re looking forward to the NBA playoffs, which tip off and culminate on our platforms.”MORE: Magic’s terrible Lakers tenure ends with epic embarrassmentJames’ move to the West Coast, and subsequent injury troubles, all helped depress Turner’s viewership. It started opening night. With James’ Lakers not on the schedule, viewership for Turner’s opening state plummeted 42 percent. That put the network in a hole it’s been trying to dig out from all season.With James gone from the Eastern Conference, viewership for Turner’s early game window dropped 22 percent. Due to injuries, James missed five TNT appearances, including a hotly-anticipated Martin Luther King Day NBA Finals rematch with the defending champion Warriors. To top it off, the Lakers’ last three TNT appearances all came after the team had been eliminated from the playoffs.At the same time, the NBA continues to drive engagement among its young, tech-savvy fan base like no other league. Turner partner Bleacher Report’s NBA content rose 39 percent this season to 600 million engagements across social channels. Meanwhile, Bleacher’s House of Highlights Instagram was up 14 percent to 500 million engagements.More good news: Turner’s Emmy-winning “Inside the NBA” with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal continues to be the gold standard for sports studio shows. With loyal fans still tuning in to watch Ernie, Chuck, Kenny and Shaq, “Inside the NBA” maintained its TV audience from the previous season. MORE: Magic’s resignation is bad news for LeBron’s Lakers futureScooter Vertino, Turner’s senior vice president of content, production and programming, addressed the LeBron-sized elephant in the room with Sporting News. There’s no getting around it, said Vertino. Not having James is going to hurt. But Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant’s Warriors are also a compelling story, he said, as they gun for their third straight Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and fourth in five seasons.”It would be disingenuous to say there will be no impact created by the absence of LeBron and the Lakers, but we’re confident the NBA playoffs will continue to perform incredibly well,” Vertino said in a statement. “There’s a very strong depth of talent in the league right now, with a wide number of emerging teams and stars, and we’re looking forward to putting a spotlight on them as we capture all the excitement through the playoffs.”The Golden State Warriors continue to be one of the most exciting teams in the league, and we anticipate them driving considerable interest throughout the playoffs.”On the other side of the bracket, James’ stranglehold over the Eastern Conference is finally over. The wide-open East is chock full of young, upstart teams like the Bucks, Raptors, 76ers and Celtics. Across the league, there’s a long list of budding stars ready to provide postseason drama, including Harden, the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks, Joel Embid of the 76ers and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz.Take Mitchell, the 22-year-old rising star who made a surprising run at Rookie of the Year in 2018. He plays in the tiny Salt Lake City TV market. This could be his opportunity to strut his stuff on the national TV stage, noted Miller — especially if he’s able to knock off Harden, the league’s leading scorer (36.1 points per game), in their first-round series tipping off Sunday.”Yes, not having LeBron hurts. But it’s also a great opportunity for younger players. Like a ‘Spida’ Mitchell,” Miller said. “This is a great opportunity. True basketball (fans) know who Donovan Mitchell is. But for casual fans, this is a chance for him going against the reigning MVP in James Harden. This is an opportunity for him. So I look at it more as guys getting a chance to shine a little bit more.” It had to happen sooner or later. For the first time since 2005, LeBron James will not be part of the NBA playoffs.The 34-year-old Lakers superstar has been the best player in pro basketball for at least a decade (he won his first MVP in 2009), leading his teams to the NBA Finals eight straight times from 2010-18 and winning three rings in the process. Whether starring for the Cavaliers or Heat, James could be counted to draw both casual and hardcore viewers to the NBA’s annual spring passion play. Turner’s Chris Webber noted James is not just a player. He’s a global “ambassador” for the NBA and the game of basketball. His absence can’t help but hurt, especially among TV viewers who tune in to either root for or against him, not to mention TV pundits such as FS1’s Skip Bayless who’ve made a living debating whether he has a “clutch” gene come playoff time.But for the first time in years, the playoffs won’t be the LeBron Show. That could draw some viewers suffering from LeBron (and Warriors) fatigue.As Webber says, “These playoffs are going to be so exciting,” and excitement has been in short supply for the last two NBA Finals series, both Warriors blowouts.
There is always going to be growing pains, but in the long term this will greatly help women’s football on a global scale. I approve FIFA(for once)! https://t.co/KgfZGYocEg— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 26, 2019The move would also delay the bidding process for the 2023 World Cup, which had been scheduled to be decided in March 2020. Nine federations were expected to submit formal plans by October to host a 24-team tournament. FIFA wants to change the bid process now, and ask the nine federations to re-confirm interest for a 32-team tournament in addition to inviting other federations to place a bid.If council members can reach an agreement about the expansion by next week, then FIFA plans to select the host in May instead of March. Related News Arsenal players targeted in apparent London robbery attempt FIFA has requested through its ruling council to fast-track discussions around expanding the Women’s World Cup from 24 teams to 32. The federation hopes to approve adding eight more teams within days without having a formal meeting, according to the Associated Press and ESPN FC. WNBA star Sue Bird says Megan Rapinoe ‘went out there and balled out’ in World Cup Megan Rapinoe writing book, wants to ‘inspire people to find what they can do’ FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in the days after the 2019 World Cup that the federation hopes to grow the tournament by adding eight more teams and doubling the prize money to $60 million. He believes the latest tournament, which was won by USA in France at the beginning of the month, will help speed up the development of the women’s game and the World Cup showed that it would be possible to have a larger tournament. “FIFA has a responsibility to ensure that its women’s competitions not only showcase women’s football at the highest level, but also act as a catalyst to grow the game,” council members have been told (via The Guardian).If eight more teams are added to the Women’s World Cup, countries likely will invest more money into their women’s programs with the hopes of making it into the tournament. A larger field would also add more depth, which will be key after the USWNT secured back-to-back titles by defeating the strongest competition the tournament has seen yet.
NFL preseason 2019: Kyler Murray nearly perfect in Cardinals debut Converted rugby player calls 65-yard TD on first NFL touch ‘best feeling in the world’ Two-time Super Bowl champion Manning went three-and-out in his only series, with fans booing after the offense failed to move the chains.Manning is expected to remain the starter in his 16th season with the Giants, and Shurmur reiterated that Jones’ stellar debut had not altered the depth chart in his view. Related News Asked what he would say to those fans wishing to see Jones more, Shurmur told reporters: “I think slow your roll.”This is just his first go-around. I think he did a good job.DAAAAAAAMN Daniel! pic.twitter.com/y916nWoLqO— New York Giants (@Giants) August 8, 2019″As I’ve mentioned all along, he’s done nothing to disappoint us, and certainly when you take the team down the field and score a touchdown, it’s a good start. Something good to build on.”We’ve got a lot of time left before we start playing [regular-season] games. Nothing, at this point, has changed.”Jones was considered a reach when the Giants selected him with the sixth pick in April, but Shurmur stressed those who work with him every day have not been surprised by his strong start. NFL preseason 2019: 3 takeaways from the first big night Raiders owner stands by gist of harsh A’s remarks, but sorry for coarse language “There weren’t any incompletions, it’s a pretty good job,” the head coach added after the Giants’ 31-22 victory.”He’s been checking off the boxes as we went along.”It seems to be surprising to people outside our building, it’s not to us. We’ll see how far he takes us.” Giants fans clamoring for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones to start ahead of Eli Manning have been told to “slow your roll” by coach Pat Shurmur.In the Giants’ first preseason game against the Jets on Thursday, Jones — the controversial sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft — went 5-for-5 passing on a drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown thrown to Bennie Fowler in the first quarter.